A series of questions pointedly challenged the panel to move beyond the academic approach of dispassionately examining the data to one of taking a public stand on what is ultimately a public policy decision. The government must act soon—even though the data are not as complete as all would like. The questioner demanded that the panel answer a question that many in the government will be asking: "Should the Children and Youth projects be continued?"
Dr. Lewis reiterated his position that the data indicate that more children's health may benefit by investing in early childhood education than in traditional "laying on of hands" medical services. Others on the panel said yes, Children and Youth programs should be continued, but the public should be cautioned not to expect too much in the way of results.
Several questioners asked how academic pediatricians expected to be able to alter the political situation