When I first started reading the article, I was skeptical about Levine’s sympathizing with people with “output failure”. He argued how people dismiss others with output failure by calling them lazy, and that we should actually sympathize with them and be aware that their failures are a result of a “hidden handicaps”. I thought this view on laziness was dangerous because it would automatically give people and excuse to fail. Don’t get me wrong, I may suffer from this “output failure” myself; in fact I am submitting this blog post late, but maybe I am just lazy because there are no real consequences from turning it in late vs. on time. If we made it comfortable and easy for those who fail, it could possibly result in those who do not suffer from output failure in taking the short way and losing their drive to produce since there perhaps would be less diference between those who failed and those who produced. If somebody realizes that they get the same benefits and comforts no matter what he/she does, or no matter whether he/she has output failure or not, then why would they put in any effort to produce anything?
However, later on in the article, Levine continues to say, “Output failure is not a distinct syndrom, nor should it be understood as any sort of label or category. It is a result, not a cause.” (page 4). If this is true, then certain things can allow kids with output failure to succeed in the same areas as those with a natural drive to produce. Such things we can do include teaching writing all throughout school, an activity that Levine describes as, “the largest orchestra a kid’s mind has to conduct” (page 7). With all these different things we can do and teach to get the same results, then what is the danger in calling somebody lazy. Laziness is a result of perhaps both nature and nurture, not only hidden handicaps that Levine believes we should excuse under the name “output failure”. I do agree with Levine in that we should be aware of kids with deficiencies and encourage things such as writing early on so that they will not be discouraged and become lazy.