When I was wrapping up with school (uni) they were making a big deal about moving from c/c++ to java in the intro course. And now we’re going to an even higher level language. While I think it makes it easier for those, as the quote implies, that aren’t pursuing a career in comp sci, it may be a little misguided for those that are since its easy to be dismissive of those lower level fundamentals (many of which I think are still lost in java too). But I guess that’s why this is just a variation rather than (as I understand it) a replacement.
Nevertheless, its good to see JS gaining some ground in the academic space, as widely used as it is now.