Ashley Merryman will speak at Greens Farms Academy on Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. Her topic, "Rethinking What Makes Kids Considerate, Generous and Occasionally Cruel," digs deeper than mere surface manners, separating resume-building volunteerism from sincere empathy for others.

She answers such questions as: What factors really make a high-schooler care about more than just personal success? How do you get a middle-schooler to stand up for a kid who is being teased? What makes a second-grader confess the truth, when most would lie? Why are siblings meaner to each other than they are to their friends?

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With Po Bronson, Merryman is the author of "NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children." "NurtureShock" was on the New York Times bestseller list for six months and is currently being translated into 16 languages. Having written for Time, Newsweek, New York and many others, Merryman has won nine national awards for her reporting on the science of human development. An acclaimed public speaker and commentator, she's appeared on Charlie Rose, CNN's AC360 and dozens of other radio and television shows. Merryman and Bronson are currently working on a new book about the science of competition.

Merryman comes to Greens Farms Academy as part of the Eyes Wide Open Program. The presentation is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat contact MJ Berrien at mberrien@gfacademy.org. For directions, visit www.gfacademy.org.