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Sweden is in the process of revising its school system. Secondary schooling, "gymasium", roughly equivalent to senior high in the USA, will get a new structure, new curricula for every single course that is being taught and a new grading system. All of this is planned to be implemented in 2011. The reform is called "Gy -11". OWEA member Lars Gunther is in charge of developing Web Science related curricula and together with a few more people he will also look at programming, computer communications, server administration and other IT related courses.

Lars Gunther was chosen for this task, primarily because of his connections with OWEA and WaSP Interact. In addition he is in contact with a group of well known Swedish web developers, including well known authors and bloggers like Robert Nyman, Roger Johansson and Tommy Olsson. Peter Krantz, the lead developer of the Swedish national guidelines for web accessibility and usability, Simon Pieters, who is employed by Opera to work on web standards support, and Erik Dahlström, also of Opera, a member of the W3C SVG WG are also part of this reference group.

So far the process has barely begun and except for being met with great curiosity Lars Gunther's involvement with OWEA has not produced any actual results - yet. It is our intention to assist Lars Gunther and support his efforts to make the Gy -11 curricula include specific guidance about web standards, accessibility and other best practices.

Lars has taken part in the development of the Interact curriculum and will re-use as much material from that effort as possible, remixed to suit the gymnasium level and Swedish national guidelines for curricula.

We realize that there are many stakeholders, who would like to influence this process, and that no guarantees can be given, but see this as an excellent opportunity to influence schooling at a national level. Being part of and supported by a W3C WG will no doubt give extra credibility to his efforts, and in turn could result in national curricula for web education in Sweden that might serve as a model for all of Europe.

--Lars Gunther 15:43, 11 September 2009 (UTC)