I believe there are two reasons the use of first and second person pronouns are condemned in academic writing. The main reason instructors want to see academic writing in everything that is handed in is because the idea of college is to use critical thinking. Instructors want to see their students use their brain. Using first and second person pronouns such as I, me, my, you, and your may seem to flow naturally onto the page because this is how people tend to speak in everyday friendly conversation. However, this is not using the critical thinking process.
Along with critical thinking, college is to train students to be more professional. The second reason instructors want to see the elimination of first and second person pronouns is because they tend to make a piece of writing appear less professional. An employer would not be very interested in a resume that was cluttered with “I”. The employer may think if the person applying does not care enough to turn in a proper resume then why would the person use proper writing on the job.
Instead of using these pronouns try rearranging the sentence and adding different words. The elimination of pronouns only requires a little bit of thinking, and will make papers more enjoyable to read.
In my belief this is done to take the personal effect out of the writing not only to make it a more professional but also to allow the reader to interject his/her own thoughts and feeling of self into what they are reading.
P. S. I also feel that it using the critical thinking process that students are being taught to use in the professional arena as well as to keep the personal formats out of their writing for that specific purpose is a good one. Using the internet is a good use of critical thinking to find other thoughts and ideas to improve on their own thoughts as well as interjecting their own ideas to the subject matter at hand.
I like your ideas. To me proper academic writing is similar to math in that I was taught not to use pronouns in essays because it is simply the rules. Ever since grade school I was taught this. Yes, practicing proper writing also helps to encourage professionalism for the workplace in the future.