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Is it possible to be specific about the way(s) in which the student fails to meet an objective standard? Rather than trying to cushion a blow by vagueness, why not turn the feedback into a teaching opportunity?


"This is a great Learning Opportunity"


Your peers are doing better than you.


Your student Does not meet expectations. Also, anytime a performance is deemed unacceptable, there is bound to be some damage to self-esteem. It may be unavoidable.


I think the correct answer is "he died". Passing or passing away is a new trend since the 70's (according to William Bradford), perhaps as a more gentle way to indicate death. I agree that "passing" is ambiguous.

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