We've witnessed changes in our education system. We've been around for the rise of the OGT's and the OAT's, the ACT's and SAT's. Some of us have GRE's or MCAT's to which to look forward.
It's no secret standardized testing is piss-poor. That's not what I'm here to talk about. I want you each to examine yourself and your ambitions. I want to see a decisive student body, alive with ambition and vibrance.
ASK QUESTIONS. If there's ANYTHING mentioned in class that interests you, ask about it. There are a few consequences of this actions. Most obviously, there's the off-chance you'll learn something. Think about that specific moment. The moment when you sit, looking at the teacher as your question is answered.
That's the most learning-dense moment you'll have the entire class. That's the material you'll remember.
Additionally, it shows the teacher (and the class) that you're interested in something salient to the class curriculum. I've found that if I make a point to ask questions, others start to as well. Your actions intended for self-betterment prompt others to better themselves.