PEN America Report Exposes Dangers of Educational Gag Orders

A disturbing number of legislative efforts to limit teaching and studying racism, sexism, and American history represent systematic attempts to impose restrictions on academic freedom and freedom of inquiry in American schools and universities, a report by PEN America's free expression group claims. The report aims to sound the alarm on the bills that would "amount to a sweeping crusade for content- and viewpoint-based state censorship."

In the report, Educational Gag Orders: Legislative Restrictions on the Freedom to Read, Learn, and Teach, the authors illustrate how lawmakers in 24 states have tried to hamper how subjects such as