It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.
Edsger W. Dijkstra
In Dikstra’s days, computing was an emerging niche, like the RPA of today. From the perspective of computer scientists, BASIC or its latest incarnation, Visual Basic are mutilating young minds in both cases. However, there are emerging RPA platforms emerging on Python so Python developers no longer need to use .Net to develop RPA solutions to benefit from this fast growing market.