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With dozens of laws proposed to restrict how to teach about race, racism, gender and other potentially sensitive topics, the AFT and the American Association of University Professors joined together to condemn proposed threats to academic freedom and advocate for the unfettered flow of ideas on college campuses as well as in K-12 classrooms. At their panel discussion April 12, leaders laid bare what they called educational gag orders being introduced in state legislatures across the country. “Ultimately … this is an attack on truth and it’s an attack on knowledge,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten.