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It teaches good habits (but with the demise of Turbo Pascal I am unable to suggest a worthy compiler).
I was taught Fortran originally and now spend my time working in C on embedded processors, which shows the futility of trying to teach a 'useful' language. Several other languages and assemblers have also passed through my brain in the intervening forty years or so, including Basic, but I still think that Pascal is the only suitable pedagogical language.