It is true that $\LaTeX$ is a language,
but I lived through the transition from WordPerfect
and WordStar to Microsoft Word,
and I lived through the transition from troff to $\LaTeX$.
MathJax and other similar software developments
are lowering the TeX entrance-threshold.
In the future, $\LaTeX$ will likely move "under the hood" as ...
I think it is not a good idea to oblige students to take a course on latex. Students do need to learn to write, and they can be taught to use latex as part of being taught to write, if need be, but the basics of latex are easily learned independently, and students need to learn to learn things independently. What might not be obvious to students is that it ...