People selling film cameras love to say they are great for students taking photography classes. I'm thinking someone teaching a film photo course is basically wasting the time of his or her students. Anything they need to know about the film process can be found in books. If you want to learn about photo composition a DSLR-- even a five-year-old used one--is more practical.
Wayne, for good or bad, you're right of course. It is a bit like going to agricultural college and being taught how to plough with horse power rather than a tractor: or secretarial college and using a typewriter rather than a word processor. By the way, does anyone still learn shorthand?
On the other hand....... Knowing something about the history and development (bad choice --- growth) of the art and science of photography might induce students to more fully appreciate what they have today, what great strides the pioneers made and how fortunate they are to be able to avail themselves of the current state of the art thanks to those pioneers.
I guess everything now will be history in the next century just as what was in the century before. I want to enjoy what the previous century has offered to the full, i.e. all things mechanical especially cameras.