The U.S. benchmark for oil slid 5.8 percent Monday to settle down $2.32 at $37.65 a barrel, with analysts warning prices may drop into the low $30s or even $20s. That almost guarantees continued job cuts. Photo: Carolyn Van Houten /San Antonio Express-News / San Antonio Express-News

( I spent a recent Thursday as part of the Watch D.O.G.S. — Dads Of Great Students — at Christian Evers Elementary, where three of my daughters go to school. We get to hang out with our kids in their classrooms, during their activities — such as P.E., lunch and library — patrol the halls, etc.

It’s really a good program for dads. My girls’ friends are usually a riot to socialize with at lunch.

On this day, I was able to take in my fifth-grader’s gifted and talented class. After a couple of rebuses (kind of like the brain teasers from back in my day), their teacher, Mr. Cox, played a short video on the recent epidemic of bees mysteriously dying to the tune of “42 percent of the population.” He invited them to hypothesize on what the culprit or culprits might be and what could be the ramifications.

One girl thought it might be pollution. Mr. Cox told me he read it might be the result of the proliferation of smart phone usage (good luck putting that genie back in the bottle). Some say pesticides.

The video implied what the consequences were when it indicated the pollination work that bees do. Nearly all the kids who offered their thoughts on the potential fallout pointed to decreased fruit and vegetable production.