Mike Swickey over at Papernotes writes about his pet peeve:
"The scenario is usually something like this: Johnny or Sally is late for class
(or some such thing), and the teacher tells them that their punishment will be,
"a writing assignment." Ugh. In the mildest form it is usually the old, "I WILL
NOT ________" 100 times on the board or on paper. This is bad enough as it makes
the connection between pen and paper and punishment. However, at its worst, the
"punishment" is an actual writing assignment. Maybe it’s an essay on why it’s
important to not be late. Maybe it’s a report on anything, as long as it is X
number of words. Sometimes it is a two-page biographical sketch of the student’s
choice. (In and of itself – an excellent educational activity!) But as
punishment? The message is clear. If you, Johnny or Sally, do something wrong
you may very well be forced to write – and we know how much you hate to write!
(Or if you don’t hate to write, you should!).."