The TLDR is that there's nothing wrong with your usage, as others here have argued. A number of responses have shown that using discuss metaphorically is widely accepted. That means professional writers, English experts, and average people likely use it all the time. Should you use it in class? Why poke the bear; go along and get along. But outside of class, feel free.
Teachers generally have good intentions. But teachers are often poorly educated.
There is a certain tension as a teacher between directing students to use language clearly to help them communicate and get a job, and just giving them rules that are either passed down or are personal pet peeves that have nothing to do with helping the student. While the latter category isn't really worth discussing, the former is. Here is a list of common misconceptions about English language usage. The current use of English possessive with "'s" started out as a misconception amusingly enough.
That makes it tough for a student to know which rules are rules worth keeping, and which aren't. For instance, I fastidiously observe the subjunctive use of were, but many people do not. "Were you to remember the detail, it would be useful to share it." Often time, the choices of rules you follow often identify you with a group of people, and sometimes one group has more power and influence. In linguistics, this is called prestige.
Develop your own style, and keep paying attention to criticisms and weighing them. If you're serious about writing, then you might want to pay attention to the famous psycholinguist Steven Pinker who has taken a look at English rules and has his own analysis of them in The Sense of Style. It's contemporaneous and rooted in cognitive research and builds upon Strunk and White and others.