Apparentely it's not a new disucssion - this Debian mailing list thread dates back to a decade ago!
Regardless, I want it in my path - the easiest way that I've found is to modify the top of /etc/profile to remove the if statement that sets path if you're user id 0 (root) or not:
if [ "`id -u`" -eq 0 ]; then
Save the file, log out and log back in and you're all set. Note that this affects all users on your system.