The Myth About Boys

We've been fretting about them for a decade. But young men are better off, socially and academically, than ever

David Burnett for TIME

Campers at Falling Creek Camp, set in a secluded mountaintop cove near the town of Tuxedo in Western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Falling Creek's 150-acre campus is surrounded by hundreds of acres of privately owned lush forest and beautiful wilderness.

My son was born nearly 10 years ago, and I remember telling him that morning that he was one lucky baby. Forget Dr. Spock or Dr. Brazelton--I took my cue from Dr. Pangloss. If this was not the best of all possible worlds, it was certainly the best time and best place to be starting out healthy and free in a land of vast possibilities. In the months and years that followed, however, there came a steady stream of books and essays warning that I had missed something ominous: our little guy had entered a soul-crushing world of anti-boy influences.

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