This presentation discuss how manifested edicts on Swedish school policies since the 1990s changes the organization of upper secondary schools, and how these alterations in turn exerted an influence on both teachers and students. The presentation is a tentative (and maybe normative) way of moving consciously and reflectively forward, to discuss tactics and strategies of a new kind in a changing world. A number of aspects are illustrated, for instance: how curriculum structures affect knowledge offered to students; contradictions between teachers' discretionary professionalism and curriculum and rating requirements; how spatial inequalities may impact students’ choices; and how marketization of schools affects factors such as school information, student health, grades, and teachers' work situation. A small case study illustrates upper secondary students’ views of the relationship between student and teachers. Finally, some theories and possible mechanisms are mentioned which may have a chance to provide explanations to the discussion; these are built on Ziehe, Mannheim and others. The overall discussion expresses something about some of the structural and institutional aspects that can be said to have an influencing role in the relatively immediate future of school and teaching activities.