And it's simple enough for the Arduino team to set the default baud rate on the Serial monitor to something higher, as well.
If they didn't change the pin spacing error when they discovered it, which was very early on, do you really expect them to change anything else?
Not quite the same scope of effect of the change.
Re: Why does Arduino tend to use such low baud rates in tutorials?
It would help many beginners out quite a bit if the tutorials were switched to 115.2kbaud
Why does Arduino tend to use such low baud rates in tutorials?