Write a piece on the advantages and/or detriments in being forced into writing for the paper. It sounds like you do actually have an opinion one way or the other, so why not.
Your teachers aren't trying to get you to do busy-work, they're trying to get you to actually think and put pen to paper. Regardless of how stupid you think it is, writing it can only benefit you in some way, so just pick something you have a true opinion about and give it a shot. Also, at some point in the future you will more than likely have to produce "artifacts" for college or a class or something proving you can actually write worth a damn. Save whatever you write like this on a thumb drive and tuck it away somewhere. Bank this shit up, you won't regret it.
They call me Captain Obvious.