This is a topic with which I struggle. I don’t want my students to indiscriminately use the first-person pronoun. (Obviously the letter i is appropriate regardless of the level of formality in composition.) “I believe this is so” is significantly weaker than “This is so.” There are myriad constructions with I which are not appropriate as well: I mean, I think, you know what I think…
But I don’t want to indiscriminately ban the use of the word I either. How can students present something from their lives if they are not allowed the option of utilizing the first-person pronoun?
In her post arguing against the anti-I rationales Culture Cat says:
[F]irst person is rhetorically useful and appropriate for a wide variety of reasons, reasons more plentiful and far more sound than any I can think of to prohibit it.