One thing that's been a struggle for me over the past 2-3 years is getting people to show up, both physically and mentally. I spent my first few years of teaching "making" students do work...but it turns out that's the easy way to get fake results. Anyone (especially in a position of relative authority) can make someone follow the rules...or at very least suffer the consequences for failing. I could "make" all the senior officers help with the Lip Dub, or "make" the Junior Officers pick a certain song. I could "make" the students read Macbeth and take a big exam every other day, just like I could "make" students submit 121 identical papers. That's the easy part. The hard part...is actually getting them to show up. The Lip Dub will succeed or fail not because teachers were bad at "making" kids do it, but based on how many students show up with a vision. A student will learn in my class based on not on how much work I make them do, but on how many show up to get things done. Sadly, at least to seniors, it's a really hard thing to teach. At this point, people either show up...or they don't.
So while the debate over the lip dub song might go on and on and on in the back corners of the student community, the simple fact is that when the time came, they weren't in the room. People scoff at the expression "90% of success is showing up" but in reality, that's about as true a statement as there is. If you're in the room mentally, as well as physically, there's little that can stop you. If you're not...there's nothing that can help.