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    Speech & debate programs allow students to gain broad, multi-faceted knowledge across several disciplines outside the learner's normal academic subjects. Students have an opportunity to development skills in research, critical thinking, organization, persuasion and communication while at the same time increasing their confidence, poise, and self-esteem. They participate in engaging, active, learner-centered activities that build rigorous higher order and critical thinking skills. Additionally, they improve oratory skills, advocate for issues that matter to them, and learn how to accept constructive criticism and use it to improve future performance. FBISD supports participants competing in the Texas Forensic Association, UIL Speech & Debate and National Speech and Debate meets, at the high school level.