Today I heard back from a student I am working with who has weak keyboard skills (is a vocalist) and is quite challenged to be in a required college musicianship class of keyboard harmony. He was given an assignment to play a series of secondary dominant chords [I, V/ii- ii, V/iii-iii, V/IV-IV, V/V -V, V/vi-vi, I-64, V, I] and to play it in three keys of his choice up to 4 #s or flats. He worked hard to get this ready and came to me for help but only had 24 hrs to prepare from when the assignment was given. So next class he told the teacher he could only play it in two keys so far. The teacher's response was: "Then I don't want to hear it." and skipped him. This is not a student with attitude but one who is trying his best to learn.
This seems so arrogant and aggressive -- so opposite of teaching -- it is humiliation, not teaching. The bitter pill is, this is a well paid faculty member at a major university. My student's comment was, "and I'm PAYING for this!"
Perhaps this inappropriate to post on the composer's forum. But many of us are teachers and this kind of experience is what gives the formal and traditional studies in music a bad name.