Re: The only reason to have a Starfleet Academy...
The Federation is made up of multiple species from hundreds of different worlds, each with its own customs and culture. Simulation doesn't teach these people how to co-exist with one another, nor does it help to build the trust and mutual understanding that the Federation is based on.
"Many things seem clever to an imbecile." --Captain Thelin th'Valrass, USS Enterprise-- "The Chimes at Midnight"