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About josephdmoore

I am currently teaching English at a small private school in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. Prior to coming to Thailand, I substitute taught in several urban school districts in Northern and Central New Jersey. I also worked part-time as an SAT instructor for The Princeton Review. In 2010, I received a Master of Arts degree in teaching from The College of New Jersey where I specialized in teaching English literature and writing at the secondary level. In 2008, I finished a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. My hobbies include traveling to remote parts of the world, reading the news voraciously, debating politics with friends, hiking, surfing, playing soccer and watching movies.

Human Rights Abuses Continue in Myanmar as Western Governments Ease Sanctions

On August 1, 2012, Human Rights Watch issued a report on the continuing sectarian violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Arakan State. The report, entitled “’The Government Could Have Stopped This’: Sectarian Violence and Ensuing Abuses … Continue reading

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The Problem of Anonymity

In a recent article, British author and journalist Heather Brooke bemoans the increasingly common journalistic practice of granting anonymity to official spokespeople who use it to ensure deniability and avoid personal accountability for their comments to the press. Other writers, … Continue reading

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Neoliberal Education Reform Is What’s “Not Fair”: A Response to Dana Goldstein

In her most recent online piece for the Nation, “NYC to Release Teachers’ ‘Value Added’ Ratings: Why It’s Not Fair”, Dana Goldstein criticizes the planned publication of the value-added ratings of 12,000 NYC public school teachers, including teacher’s names, by … Continue reading

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Selective Journalism: How Western Media Manipulates Information and Context to Conform to Official Narratives on Iran’s Enrichment Program

One of the hallmarks of non-democratic nations is the absence of an independent press. In countries like China and North Korea, all media is state-run and strictly regulated. News stories reflect the will of the dominant political class and rarely … Continue reading

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Response to Jeff Chang’s “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation””

“Hip-hop had been reduced to a kid-friendly Broadway production, scrubbed clean for prime-time, force-fitted into one-size-fits-all” (Chang 194). Before McDonalds adopted it as yet another marketing tool, Jeff Chang describes hip-hop’s birth from within the neglected wasteland that was the … Continue reading

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Freudian Analysis of Sonny in Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”

Jazz as an Alternative to Death “It’s repulsive to think you have to suffer that much” (Baldwin 132). Many would argue that in life, pain outweighs pleasure. Freud contends that although we are unable to reconcile with the truth because … Continue reading

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Education Reform Under Obama is Bush’s NCLB Recycled

On July 29, 2010, President Obama gave an hour long speech at the National Urban League’s 100th anniversary convention in which he laid out his education reform blueprint for the nation and responded to criticisms of his plan from civil … Continue reading

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