A man must make his own arrows.

-- Native American (Winnebago Tribe) proverb.

Visitors to this on-line library will read commentary referencing “Heuristic Education.”

Generally unfamiliar as an expression, Heuristic is a problem-solving procedure emphasizing self-discovery rather than traditional educational methods whereby instructors tell students what something means, might cause, may relate to, could indicate for later reference, or is in their opinion — but not always — absolute.

Emphasizing self-discovery first, enables astute teachers to more relevantly guide learners into new worlds for searching, uncovering, sifting, and ultimately understanding. Lessons are implanted beyond average retention.

Caution! Heuristic education absolutes can at times be misleading. Discovery by trial and error naturally produces questionable results until one is confident through further insights, in shouting “Eureka!” However, inadequate results aren’t always bad; narrowing down – winnowing – usually is very beneficial.

An oft-repeated quotes, “I have not failed, not once.  I’ve discovered ten thousand ways that don’t work,” is attributed to inventor Thomas Edison. Several versions exist. No one has located Edison’s original statement. Still, historical researchers agree he uttered those words or a very similar comment.

His point should remain an enduring lesson. Failure instructs, clearing brain cells of exhaustive thoughts. Inventors do fail considerably more than they succeed.  The good news is persistent originators achieve success in assorted ways.

Edison was self-educated; nearly all lifelong inventors are Heuristic. They thrive on self-discovery. Imagination and self-confidence energized his distinctive character. Despite engulfing beliefs, he didn’t invent the first light bulb. He did the first incandescent bulb.

Thomas Edison held 1093 patents. The ultimate founder of General Electric conceived a method for recording sounds and was first in projecting motion pictures.

Think how often failure “failed” in derailing his unquenchable quest for groundbreaking! The Ohio native was pure genius, although one can argue intellectually about good fortune gained when Edison lacked sufficient opportunities for regular schooling. Heuristic education was his salvation! Simply put, a student, novice experimenter, or master Heuristic learns from mistakes as much as through positive progression . . . even by chance.

Our library guests also will come across the term, Foreseeability.”

Superior Foreseeability exists among outstanding specialists, whether their expertise and skills are medicine, law, mathematics, leadership, accounting, or in our  crisis/emergency/violence/issue/brand and reputation control. A direct connection between Foreseeability and Heuristic Education becomes obvious when each is analyzed comprehensively.

The reason emerges by understanding how both rely on inquiry, analytics, inquisitiveness, interrogation, investigation and even doubt . . . yes, particularly doubt.

Thorough, rather than a casual, grasp of the synergism reduces chances for error when rendering final conclusions.  This may seem obvious but it occurs too often without near-exhaustive study.

Above all, if the desire is engendering the finest among Heuristics as well as Foreseeability, we never cease from looking for erroneous impressions, which often direct those unprepared away from correct interpretations.

Here is where sagacity, familiarities from prior encounters, comprehensiveness of the human mind and understanding competitive motivations must prevail. Pitfalls will occur. Yet for each, an immediate solution is part of the Heuristic formula.

Foreseeability, therefore, will have been tested more thoroughly before implementation. It will guide decision-making more accurately.

Why do we at ForeseeNow express such enthusiasm for at least more worthy exposures to self-discovery?

Here’s one reply: Many historically great ancient Greek philosophers/teachers accentuated Heuristic Education. They realized enormous values because it was a short-cut to sound and defensible decisions, solutions, detections, breakthroughs, innovations. Even motivations of foes.

Concurrently, wisdom warned against lack of caution. Heuristics as a short cut approach to learning can miss important facts. Yet, one truly dedicated, must not fear error or failure at times.

One must not shy from risk-taking if certain factors point to a seemingly viable solution. They, too, can be wrong.