Are You a Hedgehog or a Fox?

(And why it matters for your child’s reading)


Are You a Hedgehog or a Fox?

I bet you never thought about it, but it’s an important question in terms of helping your child read better.

In his essay “The Hedgehog and the Fox,” based on an ancient Greek parable, Isaiah Berlin describes how different people approach problems. Some people are like foxes; they know many things. Other people are like hedgehogs; they know one big thing.

A fox is a clever animal able to devise many tactics for attacking the hedgehog. Every day the fox looks like he has another brilliant strategy to finally win his prey.

The hedgehog, on the other hand, is a slow boring creature whose defense is the same no matter how the fox attacks. Every day the fox thinks, “Aha, now I’ve got you.” But every day, no matter what approach the fox takes, no matter where he strikes from, no matter what time of day it is, as soon as the hedgehog senses danger he thinks, “Here we go again,” and he rolls up into a little ball, extends his sharp spikes, and spoils the fox’s best laid plans.

Berlin explained that some people (foxes) see the world in all its complexity. Their approach constantly changes depending on the circumstances, but they never develop a unified vision.

Other people (hedgehogs), on the other hand, simplify the complexity of the world into one principle—one basic idea that determines their every move.

Now don’t misunderstand. Hedgehogs are not simpleminded. On the contrary, their understanding of the world is so profound that they’re able to identify the most fundamental elements. You know, simple but not simplistic. Can you get any more basic than e = mc squared? Can you get any more brilliant?

You might be thinking: what in the world does this have to do with your child’s reading?


Some people devise overly complex solutions to their child’s reading challenges.

Don’t make that mistake.

Think like a hedgehog not a fox.

In the overwhelming majority of cases, the solution to a child’s reading challenge is simple. They have to read—a lot!

There’s just no way around it. Sometimes parents and children want to think there’s another way, and that creating a complicated multifaceted solution will somehow eliminate the need for pure grit.

Don’t kid yourself. And don’t let your child kid themself.

To transform reading skills a child has to read for 30 minutes every day (or at least 5 times/week) with a supportive and non-judgmental listener who can correct them, support them, and model fluent reading for them. And that’s exactly what Reading Buddy Software does.

And that’s why children who use Reading Buddy Software improve their fluency and comprehension by over 50% every 3 months.

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