21st Century: Query 157 (Charlemagne or Charles the Great)
“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” ~ Charlemagne, or Charles the Great , was King of the Franks from 768, King of the Lombards from 774, and Emperor of the Romans from 800 to 813, when he effectively turned the crown over to his son Louis the Pious , king of Aquitaine . How might this statement ring true? Are multi-lingual speakers innately more intelligent than mono-lingual speakers? Why or why not? Should U.S. schools be required to teach a second language to all students, beginning in Kindergarten? Why or why not? If so, what second language should they learn? What seems to hold the U.S. back in the teaching of foreign languages?