The story thus far:
"Encisco's biblical paradigm of conquest provided the theological grounds for the infamous Requirement, issued under the authorization of King Ferdinand, in 1514. The Spanish were to inform the Indians they encountered of their dual obligations to acknowledge the dominion of Church, pontiff, and King, and to permit the preaching of Christianity. This invitation was accompanied by a warning that failure to comply would mean subjugation by force, enslavement of women and children, and despoiliation of property; in short, the Spanish would "do all the harm and damage that we can, as to vassals that do not obey."
This was not an offer the Indians found too good to refuse, nor was it offered in good faith in practice. According to royal historians, the conquistadores read the Requirement to trees and empty huts when no natives were encountered, mumbled it into their beards as they attacked a sleeping village, read it from the decks of ships, or after natives had been captured. Once removed from the theorizing of Spain, the Requirement became a recipe for license in the new world. Moreover, while the Requirement sought to give spiritual and moral legitimacy to the conquest, it was interwined with a presumption that the Indians lacked the religious and natural capacities required of the Christian anyway."
I just started wondering tonight if the act of selling e-learning has in some way (and in a totally different universe than the suffering inflicted on the Native Americans) created its own Requerimiento - that is essentially a commercial creed read into often empty air and which sets forth in imperial tones, what the metrics for positive results will be without so much as even asking the natives what they think about this and how they would like to see things happen and maybe if they'd just like us to pack up and go home.