…But Words Can and Do Hurt: A Rejoinder to “Sticks and Stones…”

Callie Schultz, Brian Edward Kumm, Eric Legg

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This paper offers a rejoinder to Dustin, Schmalz, and Allen’s recent publication, Sticks and Stones…: Embracing Discomfort to Enhance Learning. We redress issues of power and ethics both present in and absent from their manuscript, and assert that it represents an inappropriate use of professorial power. We offer apologies to the students affected, and leverage bell hooks’ “teaching to transgress” to open space for more intentional, mindful, and productive attention to power dynamics in the classroom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-213
Number of pages6
JournalSCHOLE: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022


  • Academic freedom
  • call in
  • call out culture
  • chosen pronouns
  • professorial power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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