Fox News Hosts Agree It Would Be ‘Great’ If We Required a ‘Test Before You Vote’ (VIDEO)

In the December 3 edition of Fox and Friends, hosts Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck sat down to discuss the importance of civics education in America. Civics, they said, is so important that high school students should not be permitted to graduate unless they pass  a 100-question citizenship test — the same test immigrants must pass to become citizens. Those who pass, according to proponents of this plan, would receive a card that they would need in order to receive their diploma.

Sam Stone, the political director of the Civics Education Initiative, explained that “our government is like a sports car — If you don’t know how to drive it, you’re gonna end up crashing in the ditch.” Stone said that civics “is the keys to the car,” and that we need to “get back to a focus on civics education.”

Kilmeade pointed out that many students can’t answer simple questions, like “who fought in the Civil War?” This assertion is correct, as was recently demonstrated by students at Texas Tech, who demonstrated a disturbingly accurate knowledge of pop culture, yet failed to answer even the most basic questions about U.S. history and politics.

Over 84 percent of Texas Tech students are from the Lone Star State, whose conservative board of education recently adopted textbooks that portray Moses as one of our founding fathers, downplay the idea of the separation of church and state, and downplay certain factors that brought about the civil war (like slavery). Kilmeade, of course, did not mention that conservative politics are largely behind the distortion of the very information of which he complained students are not properly aware.

Doocy said that some questions “are even more basic than that,” pointing to one question that would be included in the civics test students would be required to pass if Stone has his way: “What ocean is on the west coast of the United States?” He added:

Not only — okay, you’ve got to answer those questions correctly to become a citizen of the United States. I think not only would it be great if high school students had to have a proficiency in America, but I think they should have a test before you vote.

Kilmeade agreed that “That’d be great.”

If this were to happen, it would not be the first time a test was required before voting. Recently, a group of Harvard students took the literacy test administered by the state of Louisiana in 1964. They all failed. While some may say that a civics test is not of as subjective a nature as the literacy test, which was designed to be failed, the very idea of such a requirement is a throwback to what Republicans would call the “good ol’ days” — Jim Crow America.

Watch the segment, below, via MediaMatters: