I think the mainstream expectations at schools are generally about performance and 'preparedness for the real world'.
The real world is not a high stakes test. The real world is full of problems that require collaboration, persistence, and real empathy.
I forget how unique it is to see students freely pursuing creative and rewarding work, and how different that can be from a 'typical' public school. We live in a school culture that is counter to the mainstream. We ride up against mainstream expectations each day.
Take a moment and view this video from social researcher Brene Brown: