Personally, I hate the "5 paragraph structure" that the school system loves so much.........
What is this "5 paragraph structure"?
The standard form of essays taught in School - at least, here.
You have 5 parts, basically:
Intro (introduces the topic and your views/points)
3 paragraphs of filler backing up your point
Conclusion (restates your opinions/views, and concludes)
It is definitely not a more logical way to write. the whole point of the five paragraph system is to get students in the habit of structuring their thoughts appropriately on paper. The most important part goes in the beginning because in real life real reports tend to number in the hundreds of pagesand the people reading them want to get to the point immediately and not read through 80 pages to find out what the answer is.
Hm... Perhaps that is largely due to the our language and mind-set? We are impatient, and rather get straight to the point.
I still hold that, in many cases, keeping your point/opinion obscure until you have given a little insight on the situation and your reasons first is the better way of doing things - it keeps people from making immediate judgement upfront.
Of course, depending on what you are writing about, different styles of writing will be more suited for different messages/content. If the standard 5-paragraph structure fits your content, wonderful! However, that isn't always the case.
Too many people generalize and come up with these very specific structures for writing, and declare any differentiation from those structures to be simply "wrong". Language is an art, not a science. Of course, guidelines can improve any art, but that is what they should be - guidelines.