Hmm, yea. I've thought about that too before. Its a good point.
They probably haven't changed it because its traditional. And most older Pokemon fans wouldn't want some traditions like this to change.
And starting with Fire-, Water-, and Grass-types form the classic and simple "Rock, Paper, Scissors" concept. Its an easier starting point for beginners.
But, yes, something different like that would be a nice change of pace. Along with other game changes.