Distinguished SOTW Member, Forum Contributor 2015-
There must be something more to the story than this. It is irresponsible of the teacher to encourage a student to ignore intonation for a whole year. That establishes a really bad habit.1). When you are starting out, you are going to be loud regardless, because you don't have the embouchure control to allow the reed to vibrate properly without blowing a lot of air through your horn. You are also going to be very sharp because you don't have a strong, flexible embouchure yet...
I once had a teacher tell me not to bother trying to play in tune for at least a year. I think he was right. It can take that long to get your embouchure into a 'barely suitable' situation.
It is not impossible to at least put the mouthpiece in the correct position on the cork. I contend that if a student can hear when they are out of tune, are close enough to do something about it, they will tend to play closer to correct pitch.