ABC 20 Streaming LiveWeb WatchSpotlight 20Pump PatrolRaw NewsFriday Night BlitzIn the Kitchen

Forecast

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. ...

more »

Advertise with us!

Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

Secretary of Education Calls for High Schoolers to Sleep In

At 3:32, the last bell rings at Lanphier High School.

If US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gets his way, this would only be a passing period for students heading to their next class.

"Good thing is you gotta wake up later, and you don't gotta get up early," Lanphier freshman Mysti Bowman said. "Bad thing is you don't get much to do homework and do free time."

This is an idea floating around the country by Arne Duncan.

He took to Twitter, suggesting high school students start later in the day in order to keep them awake in class.

"In a day and time where education is evolving so it's important to consider all options," Lanphier principal Artie Doss said.

Doss did not say if he agreed or disagreed with the secretary of education. Instead, he did voice his concern if students would be ready for the real world.

"Most jobs don't start at 10 o'clock in the daytime," Doss said. "They start in the morning. When we acclimate our students to go on to work, we want them to be prepared to start day one."

After-school activities would see effects from starting classes later in the day.

Lanphier assistant football coach David Powell believes it would benefit his players. 

"I think it'll probably a little bit better attendance being here later in the day," Powell said. "It wouldn't hurt us because we can still go the same amount of time."

Students at Lanphier are split between getting the extra hours of sleep in the morning, or leaving school earlier in the day.

"It would be a lot harder to get your homework done at night because you'd have to stay up later," junior Madalynn Shures said.

"It would be awesome because I don't have to get up early," Mysti said.

"People are tired and lazy and it's hard to get their homework done," junior Rhavan Whittington said.

We talked to some parents after school. Many of them said the students should be preparing for their careers, especially those than begin in the morning.

There are at least 27 school districts in the country that already start high school classes after 9 a.m.

Duncan said that Washington would not mandate later starts for school districts across the nation. He said he would leave it up to local officials.

 
  • WICS :: News - Border Crisis

    Border Crisis

    Get the latest developments on the border control issue!
  • WICS :: News - Traffic

    Traffic

    Get up to the minute traffic reports from WICS NewsChannel 20!
  • WICS :: News - Road Trippin News

    Road Trippin News

    Missed a Road Trippin segment that ...
  • WICS :: News - Health Matters

    Health Matters

    Featuring news segment videos about health.
  • WICS :: News - In The Kitchen

    In The Kitchen

    Watch the area's best chefs whip up their tastiest creations. See them in action and get their recipes to try at home. 
  • WICS :: News - Behind The Headlines

    Behind The Headlines

    Get Behind the Headlines commentary with Mark Hyman.
  • WICS :: News - Ready, Set, Shred

    Ready, Set, Shred

    In an exclusive eight-week investigation, ABC Newschannel 20 digs deep into the Springfield police document shredding scandal.
  • WICS :: News - Pay it Forward

    Pay it Forward

    Pay It Forward... because sometimes people need a little extra help.
  • WICS :: News - Ask the Expert

    Ask the Expert

    Do you need expert advice? Here's your chance to ask our experts!
  • WICS :: News - Work Out With 20

    Work Out With 20

    Kickstart your week with a new fitness tip every Monday from ABC Newschannel 20's Natalie Sparacio and the expert instructors at FitClub in Springfield.

  • WICS :: News - Your Voice. Your Future.

    Your Voice. Your Future.

    As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
  • WICS :: News - Road Trippin

    Road Trippin

    Come Road Trippin' with us! Check out all the great attractions in your area!
  • WICS :: News - Pump Patrol

    Pump Patrol

    Check out the ABC Newschannel 20's Pump Patrol to find the lowest prices, report low prices and get gas saving tips.

  • WICS :: News - Web Watch

    Web Watch

    Here's where to find the links you hear about on the news.
  • WICS :: News - Spotlight 20

    Spotlight 20

    Local organizations and community leaders tell us about events in central Illinois.
  • WICS :: News - Raw News

    Raw News

    Watch extra news footage, full interviews, and extended stories that didn't make it on air.  "Raw News" may include content that is not suitable for children and is intended for mature audiences only.
  • WICS :: News - On the Farm

    On the Farm

    Whether it's topical segments on what's happening on local farms to commodity prices, we have the world of central Illinois agriculture covered.
  • WICS :: News - Fugitive Files

    Fugitive Files



  • WICS :: News - Home Room

    Home Room

    When's the next school board meeting? Where's the basketball game? What's for lunch today? Do we have a snow day tomorrow? We have all the information you need for a successful school year--no pencil or ...
  • WICS :: News - No Text Zone

    No Text Zone

    Texting while driving kills thousands of people each year. Many more are seriously injured.  Keep central Illinois roads safe by taking the "No Text Zone" pledge.
  • WICS :: News - Business News

    Business News

    Stay up-to-date on the biggest business stories from around the nation.
  • WICS :: News - Pet of the Week

    Pet of the Week

    The cutest video you'll see anywhere! You won't be able to resist these adorable friends who need someone to love them.
  • WICS :: News - Cruisin' Illinois

    Cruisin' Illinois

    Get your motor running! Find out about the latest events and activities for central Illinois motorcycle enthusiasts.
  • WICS :: News - Illinois Central

    Illinois Central

    Every week Illinois Central brings you the stories about the people in central Illinois. From our weekly Cruisin' Illinois segment, which features motorcycle culture, to the arts and everything in between, ...
  • WICS :: News - Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments are using your money wisely...or wasting it.
  • WICS :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • WICS :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.

more »

Tonight on WICS

10:00 - ABC Newschannel 20 Nightside

Complete Schedule »


WICS Pay It Forward
Phases of the Moon Festival
WICS Cheers For The Years
Sunrise Team
WICS Storm Team