I'm not sure it's really worth discussing [language X] is better teach at universities for [such and such reason] because in my experience, universities tend to cover a lot of languages.
In my personal experience (1st year of college) at college, I've already done Java, Scheme, C, C++, and PowerPC assembly language.
You have all those languages in 1st year? Which college?
We only had Java & C first year. I've heard we are going to learn haskell next year.
University of California, Irvine
But I should have added 2 notes to my original post:
1. I'm doing PowerPC assembly during summer school.
2. I also entered the university with a lot of units and breadth requirements covered already.