I had a very similar experience.
I was trying to go to college once I already didn't need it (career was already well under way) and tried to take night classes.
If I wanted a degree, I needed to take English 101. I wasn't allowed to test out of it and even though I'd spent 5 years teaching English it was a requirement. I was miffed, I'd taken honors English in high school that was more advanced than this, but willing to jump through this hoop if needed because I was hoping to slowly get a degree (a personal goal I have if not a career one) in my spare time as long as it didn't conflict with work and life too much.
So I paid, bought the books and showed up for class. The teacher was a foreigner, who barely spoke English himself. His classes consisted of telling everyone to open up their books and read. At the end we were supposed to answer the questions on a piece of paper and turn them in. It was disappointing enough that the system required me to go through this to get the degree but that wasn't as bad as this particular teacher's absence policy.
He also told the class that after 2 absences, he'd deduct 5 or 10 percent from our grades for each day we missed. My job was sending me to Costa Rica for a week and I had late night meetings on some days , so I asked him if I could make up any assignments if my job required me to be absent and he said no. I asked him if I could make up the attendance on other days on the week I got back. He said no.
His suggestion was that I drop the class before the cut off date where the bad grade would post or quit my job. At that stage my job was a lot more important than the English 101 class so I had to consider dropping it as suggested. He said it didn't matter if I got every test perfect, he'd downgrade the grades if I couldn't be there that week.
So unfortunately I dropped the class, and it was a very frustrating kind of stupidity that he cared more about attendance than learning. It was like being treated like a child in kindergarten. At this point it was too late for me to pick up another teacher and I lost that window of opportunity over it. I really wish that college had had rules against attendance-based grading and the other teachers I talked to were much more reasonable.
My other class (I only had time for 2 classes with my work load) was a Psych 101 class, and that teacher was much more reasonable. I got an best grade in his class, and made up any of my absences without any conflict at all.
The insistence on treating me like a child was his prerogative, and I didn't make a fuss about it. But I needed to do what was best for me, and what was best for me was not what he required. That doesn't make me someone who feels "entitled" (to anything other than the liberty to make such decisions of course) and some of the comments here are very snotty and self-righteous about this scenario.
I was an adult attending classes to learn (in the psych class) and get a degree (which was why I took the required English 101). Sacrificing an already solid career for the petty rules would not have been a good thing for me and putting the decision of job versus English 101 wasn't going to help anyone.
I made the right choice for me, which was to drop the class and I would hope that all, young and old, are entitled to make such decisions for themselves. I also let go of my goal to have a degree. I'll be back in classes in the future I'm sure. But it will be to learn and not jump through useless hoops.
I don't think this is a generational thing (except the part where every generation likes to tsk tsk at the subsequent ones and feel good about themselves), or an entitlement thing. Stupid rules and instructors have always existed, as have those who recognize and avoid as much of the stupidity as they can. Doing so isn't rude per se
, nor is it a sense of "entitlement". It's just doing what's best for you and that's something everyone has the right to.
Sure, they can often get it wrong, and they can also be rude while doing it. But the comments here equating cutting classes to such attitudes are casting a very wide net.