On further examination the simple act of learning how to do a handstand or any other skill is beneficial. I had to build my confidence and strength as I transitioned from doing wall planks to handstands propped up by a wall, and continue to do so as I improve my balance and ability to kick up into a handstand. While there are better ways to improve your strength, and balancing on your hands has few utilitarian applications, the act of learning improved my patience and discipline.
When students are allowed to, they are constantly learning new skills, whether it be how to do a handstand, play checkers better, or make a video game. By allowing students to learn things without worrying about their practical uses, Sudbury students learn how to learn what they want independently.