Deliberate, goal-focused learning takes concentration and many of today's youth have been brought up on fast, or instant, gratification. If it takes too long they bail and chase the next shiny video game. You display a higher level of thinking ability by using film. At least that's my theory. Yet, both mediums make good photographs. Digital was, for me, the best teaching tool for film I ever had - for all the above-mentioned reasons.
I'm 50. I abandoned film. I found APUG. I came back to film. I still mostly suck.