Lisp is an ancient computer language, born in 1958. It has retained a following and respect for the last 50-plus years, particularly in the artificial intelligence community.
Vladimir Sedach suggests that:
Common Lisp is the best language to learn programming
I can see strengths and weaknesses in the approach. Lisp as highly regarded as a language, but doesn't have a tremendous job market. It might be very good to develop core skills, but I suspect that after learning Lisp students would look for a more common and marketable skill set.
I'd welcome comments from anyone who started with Lisp first.