"Purpose is the best form of activism."
I heard Jake Ducey say that on a podcast. I can't find anyone to attribute the quote to, so I'll give it to him. It struck me as a pretty simple but true quip. When we pursue something with a purpose, we are more actively trying to get there. Contrarily, when we try to get something done because someone tells us to do it, there is not a sense of urgency, there is not a sense of passion, there is less likelihood for success.
This is not just an adult concept. It applies to students too. Perhaps even more! If we want students to actively pursue something in class, they must be passionate about some aspect of the activity. They can't merely understand the purpose. They must believe in the purpose!