When I first saw it, I assumed it was a holoprojector malfunction we were cleaning up. And then when I read the backstory, it made a lot less sense. It's basically a training class to teach people who are already Academy graduates how to be jerks.
I'm perfectly okay with being a jerk. Cause well, sometimes you have to be a jerk. I see nothing wrong with it being in another area on another planet (Next adventure zone perhaps?) but Starfleet Academy should have something that encourages teamwork rather than hinders it. That's a lesson for the cold cruel universe to teach.